Convection Heat Transfer Lab
In this laboratory, a sublimation wind tunnel, a condensing wind tunnel, a frost tunnel, and a water tunnel are used with laser-based visualization and measurement techniques--along with conventional heat transfer and flow measurement methods--to study single- and two-phase convection heat transfer in geometrically complex flows. Experiments are conducted to explore flow and heat transfer interactions, condensation, and frost formation on heat exchanger surfaces. Theoretical modeling and computational studies are also used in the laboratory to interpret data and model transport behavior. Most of the research has end-use energy and environment applications and is directed at questions with industrial relevance. The research results contribute to improving thermal efficiency and reduced environmental impact of energy conversion systems.